Expansion

Overview & Timeline

The Fraternity seeks out expansion opportunities across North America and will expand at an institution if we are confident that we can become a leading organization on campus in the areas of scholarship, community service, and campus involvement. Phi Gamma Delta has determined three keys to the success of any expansion process that must be in place to consider an institution for expansion: 

  • Overall academic reputation of the university
  • Strong local graduate and volunteer support
  • Healthy and supportive Greek community

Whether you are a campus administrator, campus leader, or potential recruit interested in starting a fraternity on your campus, we invite you to explore Phi Gamma Delta and its expansion plans and policies to determine if it is the right fit for your campus or your future. If you have any questions or comments, contact the Director of Growth, Colin Treanor, at (859) 255-1848.

Campus Recommendations

Phi Gamma Delta conducts a recommendation-based expansion program. Quality men are not identified or attracted by gimmicks. We believe that the faculty, staff, campus leaders, students, and local graduate brothers can best help us identify men who meet our high standards.

We conduct meetings and presentations with all of the groups listed above and ask them to recommend men whom they feel exemplify the qualities of the “Fiji Gentleman,” devoting their college lives to friendship, scholarship, leadership, and service to the community.

Expansion Staff

The fraternity employs two full-time brothers to oversee all phases of the Fraternity's expansion process. Aside from managing relations with new host institutions, the Director of Expansion and Director of Growth are responsible for: 

  • Coordinating the recruitment of colony pledges during the colonization process
  • Coordinating the recruitment of graduate brothers to support the colonies
  • Prospecting for new expansion opportunities

Phi Gamma Delta also devotes a minimum of two International Headquarters staff members to each expansion effort. Trained specifically on successful expansion techniques, these two men typically spend seven weeks on campus conducting the colonization effort.

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Expansion Timeline

 Week 1: Campus Orientation and Public Relations

  • Individual meetings with a wide variety of university community members
  • Presentations to Greek councils, other chapters, and campus organizations
  • Gather recommendations and begin initial contact with prospects 

 Weeks 2-3: Informational Meetings and Recruitment Interviews

  • Informational meetings for interested students
  • Interview prospects
  • Attend council meetings
  • Group recruitment events

 Weeks 4-5: Recruitment Interviews and Membership Selection

  • Recruitment interviews continue
  • Continue group recruitment events
  • Extend invitations to join Phi Gamma Delta
  • Founding Fathers of colony formally pledged

 Week 6: Membership Development and Long-Range Goal Setting

  • Goal setting, team building retreat for all new colony members
  • Ken Blanchard Leadership facilitated to all members and interested IFC men
  • ASAP risk management and Social Strengths sexual assault prevention training for all members and interested IFC men
  • First colony meeting and pledge education begins (taught by a graduate brother)

 Week 7: Leadership Position Elections and Training

  • Elections for 5 officer positions and slating for remaining committee chairmen
  • Orientation and training for officers and committee chairmen
  • Graduate advisor and mentor introductions for all leaders
  • Evening With the Fijis Campus Reception
  • Second colony meeting and pledge education (taught by a graduate brother)
 

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Expansion Projects

Current Expansions

If you have any recommendations of men attending one of these institutions, contact the Director of Growth or submit a recruitment recommendation.

Spring 2018

 Kent State University

  • Recolonization
  • Location: Kent, OH
  • Founded: 1910
  • Enrollment: 40,782
  • IFC Fraternities: 19

 University of Colorado

  • Recolonization
  • Location: Boulder, CO
  • Founded: 1876
  • Enrollment: 27,010
  • IFC Fraternities: 19 
 

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Future Expansions

If you have any recommendations of men attending one of these institutions, contact the Director of Growth or submit a recruitment recommendation.

Fall 2018

 George Mason University

  • Colonization
  • Location: Fairfax, VA
  • Founded: 1949
  • Enrollment: 33,925
  • IFC Fraternities: 16

 University of Missouri Kansas City

  • Colonization
  • Location: Kansas City, MO
  • Founded: 1933
  • Enrollment: 11,708
  • IFC Fraternities: 6

 University of Nevada

  • Colonization
  • Location: Reno, NV
  • Founded: 1874
  • Enrollment: 19,934
  • IFC Fraternities: 15
 

To obtain further information about any of our current or future colonization projects or to contact one of the colonies, please email the Director of Growth.

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Recent Colony Success Stories

 Fall 2017

  • University of Arizona: Phi Gamma Delta recolonized with 58 men. The Colony includes students involved in student government, Blue Chip Leadership, community service organizations across Tucson, AZ, and the University’s swimming, basketball, track and rugby teams.
  • University of Tampa: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 39 men with a collective 3.32 GPA. Members are involved in PEACE Community Service Organization, President’s Leadership Fellows, student government and intramural sports, to name a few.
  • University of Texas San Antonio: Phi Gamma Delta recolonized with 20 men. The members have a collective 3.0 GPA and are involved in Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, student senate, peer mentors and YoungLife. 
  • Utah State University: Phi Gamma Delta recolonized with 30 men earning a collective 3.4 GPA. The Colony includes members who are involved in student government, orientation and various community service organizations across Cache Valley.

 Spring 2017

  • College of William & Mary: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 26 men with a collective 3.5 GPA. The Colony includes students from the Chinese Student Organization, Latin American Student Union, Taiwanese American Student Association and Blacksmithing Club.
  • Northeastern University: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 76 men, who represent eight countries and have a collective 3.4 GPA. Members are involved in College Democrats, club sports, Finance & Investment Club, Center for Community Service, student government and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society.
  • University of Pittsburgh: Phi Gamma Delta recolonized with 25 men earning a collective 3.22 GPA. The Colony includes members who are Residence Life Assistants, the Pitt Marching Band, Kappa Theta Pi Information Science Fraternity, the Asian Student Alliance, Pitt Medical School, and club sports.

 Fall 2016

  • Northern Kentucky University: Our colony was recruited by Field Secretaries Trevor Curtis and Branden Reeves in fall 2016, and holds over a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The group includes members of NKU’s theatre program, entrepreneurs, and members of several leadership organizations on campus. Graduate brothers selected to advise include Purple Legionnaire Josh Ahart (Ohio State 2015) and BCA Chairman Jim Sweeney (New Mexico 1983).
  • Texas State University: Our colony was recruited by Matt Farrell and Rogelio Gutierrez in fall 2016, and currently holds the top GPA of 16 IFC fraternities at Texas State. Our diverse group includes student organization presidents, service learners, and Division I student-athletes. Graduate brothers selected to advise the colony include Purple Legionnaire Rick Wilson (Akron 1992) and BCA chairman Scott Sproat (Texas Tech 2000).
  • Wayne State University: Our colony was recruited by Adil Dittmer and Adam Thomas in fall 2016, and holds a cumulative GPA of a 3.42. The group includes members of the Wayne State marching band, Honors College, student government, and School of Law. Colony members are actively involved in community service and development initiatives in midtown Detroit. Graduate brothers selected to advise the colony include Purple Legionnaire Eric Ruelle (DePaul 2012) and BCA Chairman Dwenell Mills (Kettering 1985).

 Spring 2016

  • University of California Davis: colonized with 25 men; collective 3.21 GPA; involved in UCD rugby, crew and the Student Senate
  • University of Richmond: recolonized with 50 men; collective 3.35 GPA; involved in the campus newspaper, Jepson Student Government Association, Richmond College Student Government Association, eight club sports teams and the Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Alpha Delta and Delta Epsilon Mu professional fraternities
  • University of Tennessee Chattanooga: colonized with 18 men; collective 3.23 GPA; involved in Army ROTC, Brock Scholars Program, Residence Life, Student Government, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Honors Ambassadors Program, Pre-Physicians Assistants Club and Marching Band

 Fall 2015

  • Clemson University: colonized with 53 men; collective 3.39 GPA; involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Engineers Without Borders, and include three directors of Student Government
  • Illinois State University: colonized with 51 men; collective 3.2 GPA; the men are student veterans, residence assistants, club sports, and campus theatre representatives
  • Boise State University: colonized with 16 men, collective 3.1 GPA; the men are representatives of student ambassadors, orientation leaders, and community service councils

 Spring 2015

  • Northern Arizona University: colonized with 58 men; 3.30 GPA; finished the semester ranked first among IFC fraternities in GPA, the men are active in ROTC, intramural sports, and campus service programs
  • University of South Carolina: colonized with 57 men; 3.50 GPA; finished the semester ranked first among IFC fraternities; involved in the Business School Ambassador program, the University 101 Peer Mentor program, and campus residence life
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham: colonized with 25 men; 3.33 GPA; the colony placed first among IFC fraternities; involved in Student Government, Orientation Leaders, the UAB Honors College, and the Marching Band

 Fall 2014

  • Florida State University: colonized with 50 men; 3.34 GPA; the men are in the ROTC program, residence advisors, Honors College, and Habitat for Humanity volunteers
  • Quinnipiac University: colonized with 47 men; 3.31 GPA; the group include Sophomore Class Council President, President of Alpha Phi Omega (co-educational service fraternity), and orientation leaders; the colony was awarded Quinnipiac Fraternity of the Year in its first full semester on campus (spring 2015).
  • University of South Florida: colonized with 30 men; 3.45 GPA; involved with the Student Alumni Association, Student Government, Bulls Business Community, and Public Relations Student Society of America
  • West Chester University: colonized with 29 men; 3.07 GPA; involved on campus as orientation leaders, the Residence Hall Association, and the Union Advisory Board
 

Campus Testimonials

Letters from Campus Greek Advisors:

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Recolonization FAQs

The below guide is designed to answer graduate brothers' frequently asked questions on the recolonization process. 

 Why has Phi Gamma Delta decided to return to campus?

Phi Gamma Delta seeks to recolonize a chapter if we feel there is strong local graduate support, a supportive Greek community, and a healthy university environment. The decision has been carefully considered and approved by the Archons. 

 Will the colony have the chapter’s Greek letter designation and be aware of our history & heritage?

Yes.

 What has happened leading up to the return?

Once Phi Gamma Delta sees potential for a successful return, the process is a result of months (or sometimes years) of staff preparation. This involves a written application to the university explaining Phi Gamma Delta’s history, vision, and commitment to adding value to the community. It also involves at least one site visit to conduct a presentation and meetings with various administration, undergraduate leaders, and Greek Affairs staff.

 How are the initial colony members recruited?

Phi Gamma Delta sends two staff members to campus for seven weeks for a dynamic recruitment process. Graduate brothers are encouraged to send us referrals and will receive follow-up throughout the process. More information can be found here.

 Why do we not extend bids at the end of "formal rush"?

We are able to bid and retain higher quality initial pledge classes with this extended recruitment process. The process also helps model how we expect our undergraduates to recruit well beyond “formal rush” after the colony is established.

 What is the timeline for chartering?

The chartering process typically takes approximately 12-18 months for any colony. This is designed to give the colony more staff support and direction, as they show sustainability in scholarship, recruitment, campus engagement, and finances/administration. We refer to these as the Four Points of the Diamond.

 Since we have already had a chapter, why can't we get our charter back immediately?

The colony as a whole receives additional benefit from this model, as the detailed colony process is the best way of ensuring their long-term sustainability. It is a luxury for undergraduates and graduates to receive the additional staff support, coaching, and direction that the road to chartering presents.

 What is the members' organizational status after joining?

All colony pledges receive Purple Pilgrims and complete pledge education with a trained graduate brother, culminating with initiation into the colony that semester. Staff teach the men a colony ritual that allows for purposeful meetings, while withholding chapter ritual until the chartering. The colony recruits new pledge classes in subsequent semesters with guidance from staff and graduate brothers. At chartering, all colony brothers (including upperclassmen who have since graduated) are initiated into the chapter.

 How will the wait affect our relationship with the undergraduates?

As much as you allow it to. Undergraduates come into Phi Gamma Delta excited for the opportunity to meet graduate brothers and create a positive change on their campus. The colony/chapter distinction does not hinder their experience unless graduate brothers excessively reference it.

 How can I learn more about getting involved?

To learn more about Phi Gamma Delta's Building Courageous Leaders initiative, click here. To attend events or learn about advising opportunities, email our Director of Growth.

 

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